[Dixielandjazz] International Tours info for both sides folks
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TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Mon Nov 15 22:42:38 PST 2004
Re: Foreign Entry Requirements:
After 14, May 2002, when President Bush Signed the Border Security and Visa
Entry Reform Act, many Countries around the World then changed their
requirements for US Citizens to enter their Countries. These requirements can include
items such as Passports, Visas, Immunizations, Fees, Driver License, HIV
Testing, etc. For a complete list of Foreign Entry Requirements, for US Citizens, go
to the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/americans1.html and scroll down to your Country of interest. Please note that
Foreign Country Requirements change rapidly, I would highly recommend using the
contact information, provided on the website, and then contact the Consulate's
Office or Embassy directly, to confirm the requirements needed. Visas can take
some time (months) to obtain, so you need to plan ahead.
Re: Performance Contracts:
If you are a member of a Musicians Union, much International Contract
Information can be obtained from them.
If you are a part of an International Tour, such as the “Department of
Defense Tour” or the “Grand Ole Opry EuroTour”, they will have Contracts with the
Venues and Cultural Ministers and YOUR Contract is with the Tour Promoter
In some Multi Cultural Tour situations, the Promoter will obtain all the
necessary documents for you and no individual Visas will be required.
However, if you are making the arrangements yourself, I think some important
items to consider, in your personal Performance Contract, may start with:
Wages for your concert, in US Dollars or local currency?
Wages for “Additional Appearances” or “Fill in Appearances” while at the
Confirmed pre -- paid Round Trip Airline Tickets
Make certain all your band members are enrolled in a frequent flyer program,
then try and get the promoter to advance you the funds to purchase the R/T
Airfares yourself, now charge them to the credit card that gives you frequent
flyer miles dollar for dollar for the entire purchase, all the band members
traveling still get the travel miles personally. Save them up, as they can become
very valuable for future tours and saving money on air fares and or getting
free travel and more money in your pocket. It might be the deal maker to get
you an International tour too if you have enough free miles to cover your own
transportation and share back with the promoter who paid for your flights the
last time. Learn to work the system.
Confirmed paid Hotel Reservations
Confirmed Ground Transportation to/from the Airport, to/from Hotel and
Translator? Could be very helpful.
Clearly detail Your “On Stage and Backline Needs” (i.e.: covered stage,
mics, monitors, stands, effects, etc.) Don’t assume anything (digital
reverb/delay, what’s that?)
How many Meals per day do “they” provide?
You can try for no reimbursements, all costs to be paid by Promoter (plane
tickets, hotel, meals, etc.) However, some will set up “Meal Reimbursement
Programs” or a “Perdiem for Meals” (Is it enough for the local economy?)
And of course your standard Contract Stuff:
Date/Time/Location/Duration of your Concert Appearance.
Deposit (1/2 of the wages on contract signing, the other half at the concert
Billing? Are you “Billed” as a Headline Act, Side Stage Act, etc. on their
CD Sales: Location(s), Translator(s), Sales Staff, Currency, Credit Cards,
etc. commissions to be paid if any,
Other Acts? This is a standard and valid research point on your behalf. Just
because it is called a “Rodeo” does not necessarily mean it’s Western or even
has Cowboys. Do your research to confirm you truly fit in to their Program,
before you get completely involved.
Clearly defined Cancellation Policy.
Translations: Do you need 2 copies of the Performance Contract, written in 2
languages and "Translation Certified"?
Be prepared. Have fun and travel safe.
Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
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